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December 31, 2012
10:34 EDTWEN, DRI, YUM, DNKN, EAT, PNRA, MCD, CAKE, DPZ, CMGNational Restaurant Association’s November RPI rose to 99.9
The National Restaurant Association announced its Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI, rose in November to 99.9. The RPI consists of two components - the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index - and tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry. The Current Situation Index stood at 99.8 in November – up 0.6 percent from 99.3 in October. Although restaurant operators reported net positive sales and traffic results in November, softness in the labor and capital spending indicators outweighed the performance, resulting in a Current Situation Index reading below 100 for the fourth time in the last five months. The Expectations Index stood at 100.0 in November – up 0.4 percent from October. Although November was an improvement over October’s reading of 99.7, it still signals that restaurant operators are uncertain about the business environment in the months ahead.
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February 1, 2016
12:14 EDTCMGCDC says Chipotle E.coli outbreaks 'appear to be over'
The CDC, commenting on the E.coli outbreaks at Chipotle, says "These two outbreaks appear to be over. The most recent illness reported to CDC started on December 1, 2015. CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, and public health officials in several states investigated two separate outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 infections. In the initial, larger outbreak, 55 people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 were reported from 11 states. Twenty-one ill people were hospitalized. In the second, smaller outbreak, 5 people infected with a different strain of STEC O26 were reported from 3 states. One ill person was hospitalized. There were no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome and no deaths in either outbreak. The epidemiologic evidence collected during this investigation suggested that a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants was a likely source of both outbreaks. The investigation did not identify a specific food or ingredient linked to illness. Most ill people in these outbreaks ate many of the same food items at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant. Testing of multiple food items collected from Chipotle restaurant locations did not identify STEC O26. A review of Chipotle's distribution records by state and federal regulatory officials was unable to identify a single food item or ingredient that could explain either outbreak."
12:13 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but off their worst levels of the day, as oil is once again being weighed on by worries of slower growth in China. Several M&A announcements helped fuel speculation that deal-making may be set to pick up, but the headwinds of lower oil prices and weak economic data are outweighing that potential boost and keeping stocks in the red to start the month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and the below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. In China, the statistics bureau's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) advanced 9% after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. Lessin noted in the report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal talks are "active" now between Andreessen, Silver Lake and Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45% to $54 per share near midday after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other Monday M&A news, Questar (STR) rose 22% after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B, and assume Questar's outstanding debt. Meanwhile, Stryker (SYK) announced a deal to acquire Sage Products for $2.775B in cash. The buyers' shares did not fare as well in the wake of the deal announcements, as Abbott slipped 0.5%, Dominion dipped 1% and Stryker fell 1%. Also lower were shares of Smith & Nephew (SNN), which slid fractionally as investors may have been concerned that Stryker's deal decreases the likelihood that it will come after S&N. Additionally, Smith & Nephew announced that its CEO Olivier Bohuon has been diagnosed with a "highly treatable" form of cancer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which gained 8.5% after a judge accepted the company's $10M plea deal to settle timber source crime charges, according to media reports. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rose 5.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to formally declare the end to its E.coli outbreak as soon as today. In addition, Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET) were up 7% and 2%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Nokia (NOK), which fell 12% after it forecasted how much revenue it expects to gain from its IP portfolio after its patent deal with Samsung (SSNLF) and its shares were downgraded at Canaccord and BofA Merrill Lynch. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which was slid 5% after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance to be issued this week will disappoint investors. In addition, Roper Technologies (ROP) and ImmunoGen (IMGN) were down 6.5% and 5.7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 56.40, or 0.34%, to 16,409.90, the Nasdaq was down 12.25, or 0.27%, to 4,601.70, and the S&P 500 was down 6.51, or 0.34%, to 1,933.73.
10:00 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
08:36 EDTCMGChipotle moves higher in pre-market
The stock is moving up in the pre-market, last at $470.55. At that price next resistance is at $476.43. Support is at $465.50. The WSJ earlier reported that the CDC is expected to declare the E.coli outbreak over at the company's restaurants as early as today.
08:28 EDTCMGChipotle upgraded to Neutral following survey results at BofA/Merrill
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08:09 EDTCMGOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GOOGL GOOG YHOO UPS KORS UPS BAX RCL CCL PFE AET D STR DWA CMG ABT SYK.
07:24 EDTMCDEU's Vestager dismisses U.S. criticism of tax cases, Reuters says
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06:33 EDTCMGChipotle E. coli outbreak expected to be declared over by CDC, WSJ reports
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected formally declare the end to the Chipotle E.coli outbreak as soon as today, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Investigators have not been able to pinpoint the ingredient responsible for the contamination, the sources note. Reference Link
06:28 EDTCMGChipotle upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTMCDS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Chuy's (CHUY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... First Financial (FFIN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Global Partners (GLP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Mitsubishi UFJ... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... NetScout (NTCT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gabelli... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Synaptics (SYNA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
06:53 EDTMCDMcDonald's plans to launch 150 customized burger outlets in China, Reuters says
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06:45 EDTCMGChipotle February weekly 455 straddle priced for 9.4% movement into Q4
06:23 EDTDRIDarden downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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January 28, 2016
10:04 EDTCAKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amdocs (DOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded on Q4 results, valuation at JMP Securities... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded at Stifel... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform on core market share gains at Wedbush... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Stillwater Mining (SWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
07:48 EDTCAKECheesecake Factory upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTPNRA, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
07:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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06:45 EDTPNRAPanera Bread upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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